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Brain interface: next best thing to telekinesis This is cool stuff. I'm quoting the whole article, because I'm not confident of the longevity of articles on the scifi.com site. Saving a lifeThe "THINK" system

So, today's my birthday. 40th, if you're wondering. I'm feeling slightly more like looking back and seeing how things have gone to this point than I have for previous birthdays,Birthday pimpin'

Literary characters - some obscure, some well known - abound in these graphic novels. The main players (Allan Quartermain, Captain Nemo, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the Invisible Man, andThe League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. 1 and 2

[tag]Christian Bale[/tag], [tag]Michael Caine[/tag], and [tag]Christopher Nolan[/tag] (all of whom worked on [tag]Batman Begins[/tag]) join [tag]Hugh Jackman[/tag] to create one of the best magician movies I've ever seen. Actually, thisReview: The Prestige

Today we're having an installation of "What to do, What not to do" for percussionists. What to do Back in college I had the privilege of seeing a percussion group called NexusPercussionists: Object lesson for today

Two "robots" found on YouTube today... One: paint this dark grey and it would be the coolest homemade AT-ST (All Terrian-Scout Transport) Halloween costume on the block. Just add a WookieYouTube robots

Human Brain Transplantation Protocol Approved To Reverse Nerve And Brain Damage This is one of the coolest science pieces I've come across ever. You know why brain injury is so bad? BecauseHuman Brain Regeneration

December 21st. For years that date had been discussed ad nauseum. The date the Mayan calendar ended. The end of the world. It became a joke. I thought it wasLife After the End of the World: My Dad, the Mayans, and Me

How Sticky Is Membership on Facebook? Just Try Breaking Free - New York Times (You may need a free account to read that article) Okay, I'm on Facebook. I have aHow long will your face be on Facebook?

The preview makes it look like Roslin is the last Cylon, but is that just trailer-trickery? Get your vote in now, before all is revealed next week! (A few names onBSG: The Last Cylon Revealed!

Maybe I should have called this series of posts "Force Fed". While that's not exactly the truth about how it went down, that title does reflect a bit of how IStar Wars Conundrum: Original Trilogy Reflection

Nothing new going on here. I created the map for a project at work, and I wanted to test out the embedding plugin bubbl.us has for WordPress. So, for what it'sMind Map of Learning Technologies

I managed to see a limited release of ABC's new show "No Ordinary Family" online yesterday. Not sure if it's still available, but if it is these instructions will getReview: No Ordinary Family - Pilot

Set in the 12th century Crusades and the defense of Jerusalem, this movie should have been one I loved. The crew took pains to ensure an accurate portrayal of theReview: Kingdom of Heaven

(Grab your pacemaker, it looks like I'm making two posts in two days! Will the madness ever end?) A few things came to my attention today that I just couldn't waitWatchmen, Star Trek, and Star Wars (sort of)

TIDBABSH the second, part the first

Last month’s podcast was such a great success that I decided to do another one.

When I say it was a great success, I mean that it was successfully uploaded and at least three people were able to download and listen to it. I make no statements about the actual quality of the content (though those 3 people who admit to hearing it seemed to enjoy it (which reminds me, your payments will be sent shortly)).

With such a wave of accomplishment and adoring fans to bolster me, how could I not do another? It just wouldn’t be fair to all of you to deprive you of that which you have come to hold so dear. Or possibly, that which you have tolerated heroically.

This time around I left my wife to deal with the kids while I waxed (and waned) philosophic with Australia’s favorite son: Lee Sargent.

Well, he’s from Australia, anyway.

Lee is slowly taking over the internet, appearing on podcasts all over the world while simultaneously co-hosting his own podcast at Lee and Dan’s Midnight Movie Club and keeping his take on the world of pop-culture front and center (of the far left, rear facing department of the underside of the internet – which is a more prominent position than it sounds) on his blog, Quit Your Day Job. Take some time to visit his sites. They’re better than this one.

So, Lee and I attacked this month’s topics with a vengeance. I had a lot of fun in this conversation. We got so involved in some of these topics that we actually ended up with enough material to cover two podcasts. And yet, this month’s podcast is shorter than last month’s! Well, that’s because you’re only going to get the first half of the discussion today. We’ll get to Part 2 later.

This month, strap yourself in for some rambling on the following topics (following a rambling introduction that covers a surprising amount of surprising information about Australia):

  1. Worlds Oldest Man dies at 114.
  2. Author crashes and burns in responding to a book review (and related link)
  3. http://www.khanacademy.org/
  4. Crime-fighting sunglasses!
  5. Free software to create flash flippable book
  6. Free Geneology software

Doesn’t look like much, does it?

You’ll be amazed at some of the places those links take us.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of my discussion with Lee, where we take on some more of popular culture, including our thoughts on a mess of upcoming movies and TV shows that have released trailers lately, some movie news and rumors, the portrayal of women (wonderful and otherwise) in superhero roles, gender neutrality in the X-Men, and more.

Go forth and listen!

 

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3 comments to TIDBABSH the second, part the first

  • I noted some stuff down, but after a couple of days in my pocket it turned out unreadable..
    Very cool podcast though :)

    Interesting talk about the oldest man. The changes of the last 30 years make a difference of a lifetime from no pc’s to a society almost completely dependant on the internet, pretty incredible. The same goes for mobile phones. Even though it’s not been more than 9 years since I own one, I can hardly imagine not having one at the moment!
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    Jeff says:

    Hey Arjan! Thanks for listening.

    Yeah it is crazy how much things change so fast. I wonder if somehow the internet were taken down completely how long it would take for us to readjust. We’d probably fail miserably.

    And even I, who doesn’t regularly use a cell phone, would take a while to get used to a world without them again.

    But… on both counts I think it would be a positive change in some ways (and bad in others). At least we’d be more physically “present.” This is one of those topics that’ll probably come up on the next podcast.

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